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Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, Massey University

Dr Sharon McLennan is a senior lecturer in the Development Studies Programme at Massey University and teaches global citizenship in the Massey BA core courses. Her research explores new and alternative actors in international development and global health, and the interface between development, citizenship and globalisation. In 2018 Sharon was awarded a NZ Royal Society Marsden Fast Start award for research on South-South development cooperation and the role of Cuban health assistance in health and development in the Pacific. She also undertaken research on global citizenship education and international volunteering and voluntourism. Sharon has a background in health as a registered nurse, and has worked in the Pacific, Asia, and Central America.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in International Development, Massey University


  • 2012 
    Massey University, PhD
  • 2006 
    Massey University, MPhil
  • 1995 
    Wellington Polytechnic, BNurs

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Marsden Fast Start
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Royal Society of New Zealand